Can fledgling PI Annie Raymond cut it on her own when faced with an impossible job, a boss who hasn't a clue who she is and a schoolgirl who is ready to blacken her name to save her own skin? Annie has resolved to do her best for grieving mother Martha Martin and keep the sordid details of her son Terry's life hidden, but when conflicting stories around Terry's last days surface, Annie is quickly entangled in a web of rumour and deceit. Pretence and distortion have become accepted as integrity and truth...but who is a fraudster and who is an innocent victim? Annie desperately needs a third case on her books to secure her future, but when it comes, her future career is the last thing on her mind. Not only has Annie herself walked into a trap but she has also led a young girl into mortal danger. Can she make things right before it's too late?
Penny is a scientist, an academic, a trade unionist and she is also the current Chair of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, which is the largest writers' organisation in the world. A writer all her life, she penned her first story at age 4 and won her first writing competition at age 9. In 2004, Penny was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger. She now lives with her husband as well as a transient population of family members and animals in an old farmhouse in a small East Yorkshire village. You can find out more about Penny at her website: www.pennygrubb.com